Taking into consideration that no two children or families are alike, I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all sleep approach. As a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach I specialize in more supportive (gentle) sleep solutions, but my flexible and holistic way of approaching sleep coaching allows me to meet each family where they are at. I work with each family to come up with a customized sleep solution that relies on step-by-step changes where your child learns to sleep better, longer and more soundly all while feeling loved and reassured.
Some tears are inevitable during the sleep coaching process as crying is a way for babies and toddlers to communicate to us how they are feeling since they do not always have the verbal skills to do so. What's important to remember is that not all crying is the same and that the tears that occur will most likely be due to frustration. With consistent, loving support your little one will learn that you are there to comfort him/her and the frustration will subside. By being there and offering support and reassurance, your little one is able to learn how to fall asleep and stay asleep in a safe and secure way.
You can still breastfeed or bottle feed both during and after sleep coaching. I will work with you to create a customized sleep and feeding plan that is tailored to your family's needs.
Yes, if you want to room share with your child I will work with you to create a sleep plan that accommodates your preferences.
In general, the process can take anywhere from 3 nights to 3 weeks depending on your little one's age, personality, sleep challenge(s), your sleep goals, how gradually you want to go, etc. However, the keys to success are commitment and consistency. I can give you the ideal schedule, create the best possible plan, give you guidance and support, but ultimately it's up to you. The process does take effort. Please note that daytime sleep usually takes longer than nighttime sleep.
As an experienced Certified Pediatric Sleep Consultant I provide proven methods, educational information, advice, and encouragement tailored to your family's particular situation. The personalized assistance that I offer can help cut through the confusion, organize the information and provide a fresh perspective on your family's unique situation. I will give you the tools and we will work together towards achieving your family's sleep goals.